Pain Warriors Unite - (202) 792-5600
So many of us are suffering the consequences of the crackdown on opioid prescribing, and since the release of the 2016 CDC Prescribing Guideline many advocates have worked feverishly to REVERSE the harmful effects on those of us in the pain community. It's taken an enormous amount of time and effort, but everything is finally falling into place.
This is a significant milestone for the pain community, and gives us the footing to take the necessary steps to actually garner the respect and attention we deserve.
The following REPORTS & NOTICES issued by various government agencies clearly ACKNOWLEDGE the
urgency of our plight:
These Reports and Notices lay the groundwork to ensure that our Policy Makers put protections in place for both physicians and pain patients, and to ultimately implement a National Pain Policy that clearly defines and stipulates such protections.
We need YOU to take immediate action in order to get this information into the hands of
Your State and Federal Representatives & Regulatory Agencies.
Please download the file below and follow the instructions.
Please use our handy Legislative Outreach Kit & ask for assistance if necessary. The only way to change the current pathway which has created a hostile regulatory environment is to GET INVOLVED IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS ASAP
CLICK HERE TO LOCATE YOUR STATE & FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES
Instructions , Tips, and Links to locate & Contact Your State and Federal Representatives & Regulatory Agencies
Each of the memes below is a link that will open in a new page to a shareable and printable PDF that needs to be in the hands of every physician/clinic owner, medical board, state and federal policy maker, and possibly most important: every MEDIA outlet in the USA!
If we wait until the CDC and/or FDA do this for us, it could be another three years of fighting state laws, federal laws, and little support from anyone.
The first people to reach out to are your Members of Congress. As always, we suggest calling them first to ask for the best/current email for the health staffer and ask whoever answers the phone to pass along a message to the health staffer that you are sending recently released documents straight from the CDC, FDA, and HHS Pain Task Force regarding opioid prescribing and the CDC Guidelines. Then send these documents/links to the email addresses you just received with a paragraph about how the CDC Guidelines and forced tapering have affected your quality of life.
Finally, wrap up the email asking them to increase congressional investigation/oversight of the CDC Guidelines’ unintended consequences and of the weaponization of the Guideline by the DEA/DOJ using unfair strong armed tactics to target, investigate, and prosecute health care providers by circumventing due process under the law.
Click below to Locate your State & Federal Elected Officials' Contact Information.
The FDA has acknowledged the harms from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medications. They are now requiring a label change to ensure gradual individualized tapers, when necessary.
EXCERPT: “The Guideline is NOT intended to deny any patients who suffer with chronic pain from opioid therapy as an option for pain management... Clinical decision-making should be based on the relationship between the clinician and patient...”